Girls' and Womens Football

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With the England Lionesses’ achieving great success in coming 3rd in the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup and the inspiring Sport England campaign #ThisGirlCan, it is the perfect time to be getting involved with the rest of the 2.98m female players in the country!

So, who can get involved?

Whether you are 7 or you are into or coming out of your 40’s there is something for you, football is for everyone, give it a go and you’ll soon see.

Youth football is from U7 – U18, the FA has risen the age of mixed football to U18’s making football even more accessible to females across the country.  Women’s football starts at the age of 16 and you’ll see that there are a number of different provisions available to suit the modern day lifestyle. 

Local Female Football…

The Norfolk Women’s & Girls Football League are unique and is the sole provider for female teams in Norfolk, starting from U10 through to U16 they have 89 female teams entered. The league also has a strong adult provision catering for the 30 ladies teams entered this season, consisting of a Ladies 7 aside league and a three tiered 11 aside league.

All age groups also participate in the league cup competition, with the youth and adult cup finals being played at one venue on the same day creating an enthralling cup final day experience for all players, managers and spectators. Be sure to look out for the details on this, it is always a great day for female football in Norfolk!

For more information on the teams playing within the Norfolk Women’s & Girls Football League, check out their website: www.nwgfl.info. Visit them on Twitter: @NWGFL or contact Annette Champion the General Secretary on nettichamps@gmail.com.

This season sees three Norfolk female adult teams play out of county football, Wymondham Ladies FC were promoted to the Eastern Region Women’s Football League Division one. Why not support Wymondham by follow them on Twitter, @WymondhamLadies where you can keep updated with latest fixtures, results and team news.

Acle United Ladies FC who remains in the Eastern Region Women’s Football League Premier Division for a third consecutive season. To find out more about them and when their next fixture is click here or follow them on twitter, @AULFC_Official.

Norwich City Ladies FC is our third team playing out of county, playing in the FA Women’s Premier League, South East Division One. Get behind the Canaries and show them support this season by following them on Twitter, @NCFCLadies where you can keep updated with the latest fixtures, results and YouTube clips!

Girls’ Player Pathway in Norfolk

Attached below is a visual pathway that shows how girls from U10’s – U16’s can progress in to the FA Talent Pathway. With the Norwich City FC Centre of Excellence transitioning into the Norwich Advanced Coaching Centre (ACC) this season, due to Sport England funding and focuses on talent altering, it has seen many girl’s head back into playing grassroots football at the weekend.

The ACC in Norfolk is being delivered by Norwich City FC Community Sports Foundation (CSF) for the U12, U14 and U16 ages. The FA Skills team are supporting this by delivering FA Skills Centre & Skills Extra Groups for 5 – 11 year olds.

To find out more about the FA Skills Team contact Andy Reynolds on Andy.Reynolds@thefa.com, for more information about the Norwich ACC and what CSF provide for female football, contact Sian Wager on sian.wager@canaries.co.uk. For general enquires on the player pathway, please do not hesitate to contact Harry Diggens (Football Development Apprentice) on Harry.Diggens@NorfolkFA.com.

Other playing opportunities

Norfolk FA Ladies 5IVES is a fantastic league for women aged 16 and above… Improving fitness and giving you that little extra on a Monday evening, great to get your friends together and enjoy 40 minutes of football and for more information contact Adam Gusterson on Adam.Gusterson@NorfolkFA.com.

The Norfolk FA Girls’ Small Sided Programme is running again this season for secondary schools this season; keep an eye out for our website stories on this! If you are a team looking to recruit extra players or a club wanting to set up a new team for the 2016-17 season, please contact Harry.Diggens@NorfolkFA.com.

Wanting to start football for the first time? Or how about dusting off those boots and getting back into playing? There is something out there for you - for further support and information please do not hesitate to contact Harry.Diggens@NorfolkFA.com or call via the Football Development Line on 01603 704050.

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